Friday, January 20, 2017

Julianna Deering's "Murder on the Moor"---Drew Farthering meets The Hound of the Baskervilles

Murder on the Moor (Drew Farthering Mystery #5)In the fifth Drew Farthering mystery, Drew and Madeline are invited to a friend's Yorkshire estate, where mysterious happenings have been occurring on the moor, not a mention a murder in town that the local constabulary has been unable to solve. Could the two be related? And how does his friend's society bride--a woman of questionable interests--fit into everything?

The problem with reviewing a mystery is that it can be so hard to gush about the things one likes without spoiling the plot, hence the following somewhat vague praise. I was pleased to have figured out (or, in the case of the murderer, simply guessed right without anything to back it up other than intuition from reading too many mystery novels) a couple of the mysteries in the story before Drew did. It's so satisfying to beat him, even if logic was only involved in one particular case, and not the other. And I was pleased that certain characters that I wanted to be innocent were, in fact, innocent. I would not have appreciated the story nearly as much if they hadn't been.

Nick is adorable Nick, but at the same time he has a slightly different role than we usually see him in, and it added a lot to the fun of the novel, changing things up a bit. It was an excellent choice. I also appreciated that issues from a former book have returned, namely regarding certain prejudices that have resulted from bad experiences in Drew's past. Of course, just because he is prejudiced doesn't mean he ISN'T right . . .

References to Jane Eyre and The Hound of the Baskervilles abound. I really need to refresh my memory of the classics BEFORE reading the mystery so I can actually catch all of the references. I can't decide which book I like best--Murder on the Moor or Death by the Book. Suffice to say, this is one of the best!

I received a free e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. No review was required; all opinions are my own.

Drew Farthering Mysteries
1. Rules of Murder
2. Death by the Book
3. Murder at the Mikado
4. Dressed for Death
5. Murder on the Moor
6. Death at Thorburn Hall (Oct 2017)

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